[The rumor mill] Next Android OS name to be decided by the community via poll

Do YOU want to name the next Android OS version? well, you might get the chance, because Google is thinking about putting the next commercial name of its operating system to a vote. Which sweet treat will we tinker with on our smartphones and tablets next? Google’s Sundar Pichai released a few details while on a trip to India and it appears that the community may be the one to choose the next Android OS name after all.     Pichai mentioned that the next version of Android may put Google in the position of hosting a poll and letting the online community choose. If what Pichai said is true, the next Android OS we will experience on our mobile devices will have a name beginning with the letter N.   We are still pretty far from getting the chance of choosing a name for Google’s next Android OS, but it is an interesting thought altogether. The community is already getting excited and feeling involved is always a good thing. But things could go sideways if a troll joke of a name is voted. We doubt that will happen because, when it comes to serious stuff, the Android community remains united.   What do you think? Do we have a chance to baptize the next Android OS version? Could the next one be Android Nutella? The Internet would literally explode if that were the case because we all know Nutella is love, Nutella is life… and also diabetes.   Source: Droid Life  

Android distribution numbers show little changes for Q4 of 2015

Android distribution numbers for Q4 of 2015 are here, and some changes can be spotted already! The updates inside the Android ecosystem are small but expected, considering the launch of Marshmallow and its slightly increasing influence. Marshmallow sits now on 0.5% of Android devices while Android Lollipop is closing in on KitKat at 29.5% of the market. KitKat is still king of the Android world, owning 36.6% of devices. Jelly Bean has seen a drop from 29 to 26.9% of the market and Ice Cream Sandwich is down to 2.9% from 3.3%. Gingerbread (3.4%) and Froyo (0.2%) are still on positions but will soon be phased out. If you want to see more about the Android OS development and version numbers, you can check out the source link below. Source: DroidLife via Android Developers

Google to combine Android with Chrome OS in the near future

The world is changing and evolving and so are operating systems. This day marks the beginning of an new era because an announcement made by Google execs. puts the world’s most popular operating system in jeopardy. Android and Chrome OS will become one in the near future! According to the Wall Street Journal, the two will combine and create a new OS that will be revealed as soon as next year.       The change is mostly an incorporation of Chrome OS into Android OS simply because we all know Android is bigger, better and more popular. This also means that Google’s current mobile OS will also work on computers and laptops, and this will mean that things will change. But this does not necessarily mean that Chrome OS is gone forever, but it does mean that Chromebooks will get rebranded to reflect their new statuses.   The Verge confirms that Android and Chrome OS will indeed combine and a first impression/ preview of this new operating system will be shown at I/O next year. This move is an effort in reducing the range of independent platforms that Google has to maintain every year; plus, Chrome OS is not THAT much of a success on its own.   The new Google operating system is expected to release sometime in 2017. Sundar Pichai, the current leader of Google, was put in place two years ago and, since then, he made moves towards integrating Android apps into Chrome OS. Support is limited at the moment, but […]

Android OS distribution numbers show massive Lollipop distribution

Android OS distribution numbers are out and it appears that Lollipop is becoming more and more popular among Android users. Google finally released its files and the results are as expected. Android 6.0 Marshmallow just got on the market and is not on these spreadsheets, but Lollipop still remains the star of the show, at least for now.     Lollipop owns 23.5 percent of the market right now, and it comprises versions 5.0 and 5.1 as well. This OS version had the fastest and steadiest growth of all updates by managing to double its numbers every other month or so. Every other OS is slowly and steadily going down at the moment, even Android 4.3 KitKat, whose decline started in May. It is still holding its ground and top position in the Android OS game with 38.9 percent of the pie charts.   Jelly Bean is still holding strong on its three versions, collectively owning 30 percent of the market. The oldest Android OS version that just doesn’t seem to quit yet is 2.2 Froyo, who still owns 0.2 percent of the market. These are definitely its final days on the planet though.   Come next quarter revelations, a new player will be added to that list. It will be Marshmallow, or Android 6.0. We will have to see if its adoption will be as rapid as Lollipop’s. Since the overall response from manufacturers when it comes to the new Android OS version was slow, it may take a while for the market to […]

Google’s Android M build to be named Macadamia Nut Cookie? – MNC spotted on AOSP

It appears that Google’s next Android version will be called Macadamia Nut Cookie! The official unveil could be made sometime this week at Google I/O (if Google will be more caring towards its fans) but it will likely still be named Android M for a while after. The internal name mentioned above was spotted in various places around the web, including the AOSP forums.   Googlers seem to be using it and there are mentions of it all over AOSP. We’re pretty sure it’s real, even though there is a slight chance that things can be changed. The codename is just a fun option either way as it can be changed at the official release.   There have been rumors related to Macadamia Nut Cookie (MNC) and it recently started appearing in AOSP as “mcn-dev”. Google previously used LMP for Lemon Meringue Pie and KLP for Key Lime Pie to denominate its operating systems in progress, but they never got to keep their name upon official launch. It is highly possible that the same will happen to LMC after launch. Source: AndroidPolice

Puzzlephone – the Finnish concept response to Google’s project Ara modular phone

Project Ara is not the only concept meant to create modular phones anymore, as Puzzlephone could be an improved version of Google’s efforts in the near future. This project belongs to Finland’s Circular Devices and their device would break into three parts where the spine would become the LCD screen with speakers and the basic structure whereas the Brain will be the camera and processor modules and the Heart is the battery with the second structures.       The idea stems from the success Project Ara had this year and it basically represents a much more basic idea. Phones are important devices in peoples’ lives right now, and when one component from your beloved mobile world is ruined, you feel as if your entire world is ruined. With the modular phone system, things would be much simpler as, when something breaks, you can replace it with a new portion and still keep your beloved handset at the expense of a battery and a processor or some RAM.       The Finnish company based in Espoo resides in the same town as the one Nokia sprouted from, and it has been working on Puzzlephone since 2013, and it appears to be close to producing a working prototype. They are definitely not on the same page as Google’s Ara project, which is said to get to store shelves as soon as the summer of 2015, but it’s a start. The phone is supposed to launch in the second half of 2015, and it would have […]